May 31, 2011

the latest from the IMF

Dominique Strauss-Kahn isn't the only news coming out of the IMF. This article appeared in NY Times, May 29, 2011. And it begins,
At the International Monetary Fund, there is one set of ethics guidelines for the rank-and-file staff and another for the 24 elite executive directors who oversee the powerful organization.
Over the last four years, the fund has tightened internal systems for catching ethical misconduct among its 2,400 staff members, establishing a telephone hot line for complaints like harassment; publishing details of complaints in an annual report; and empowering an ethics adviser to pursue allegations, which last year led to at least one dismissal.
But the fund’s board members remain largely above these controls. The ethics adviser, for example, is not able to investigate any of them. 


May 22, 2011

more from The Real News

Herman Daly once wrote, "To paraphrase Marie Antoinette: Let them eat growth. Better yet, let the poor hope to eat growth in the future."

A discussion on the possibilities of economic and environmental sustainability.

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May 1, 2011

single-payer in vermont

From Vermont Digger,

Whether the federal government will give Vermont a waiver to adopt a universal health care system in 2014 is an open question. (One physician and long-time single payer advocate) said the state has a 50-50 chance of getting the exemption from the Affordable Care Act. Even so, she believes Vermont’s attempt to create a single-payer system is worthwhile.

Zactly. Read more